Craft Arena Workshops

Yarn Forward Wednesday 19th June

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Our regular Yarn Forward knitting and crochet group.

Bring your own yarn work along to knit or crochet and if you have any challenges, there will sure to be someone here who can help.

For complete beginners, and those who are a bit more experienced, you can work that yarn and chat at the same time, and you always leave with a free gift!

Price: 
£10.00

Tambour for Beginners with Angela - Saturday 22nd June

Saturday, 22 June 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

This will be a taster session where you will be able to give tambour beading a try to see how you get on with this delicate technique.

You will also be able to look through samples of Angela's work to see what can be achieved once you have a little experience.

This workshop is now full.

Please contact us to go on our waiting list or join us on our one day Tambour class on Saturday 20th July.

Price: 
£45.00

PE Design with Lisa Sunday 23rd June

Sunday, 23 June 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

This class is for those who know the basics of PE Design software for Brother Embroidery machines.

Price: 
£35.00

Mixed Media Glass Plate with Denise Saturday 29th June

Saturday, 29 June 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Using rice papers and mixed media products from Stamperia and Pentart, you will be decorating a glass plate.

You will have choice of designs to work with. 

Price: 
£45.00

Design Day with Denise Friday 5th July

Friday, 5 July 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Does the 'D' word make you anxious? Do you want to take your work forward and produce your own designs but don't know where to begin?

Denise will take you through the process she uses in her work and help you to feel comfortable working with themes and to develop your own ideas.

You can bring your own inspiration or Denise will have plenty of imagery to get you going.

All materials are provided.

Price: 
£65.00

Goldwork with Wendy Saturday 6th July

Saturday, 6 July 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Wendy is back with more Goldwork! This class is suitable for complete beginners and those who wish to further their skills.

You can also come along if you need help with your own goldwork project.

Wendy will have a choice of designs for you to make, including this beautiful poppy.

Price: 
£65.00

Machine Embroidery Group Sunday 7th July

Sunday, 7 July 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

A series of informal monthly sessions to help you get the most from your embroidery machine.

This session's topic is Free Standing Lace and Stitching Speed.

Price: 
£10.00

Amigurumi with Diana Wednesday 10th July

Wednesday, 10 July 2019 - 10:30am to 1:30pm

Learn to make these small toys originally from Japan, using chunky yarn to make learning the basics easier. We will learn how to read an original pattern (designed by Diana!), start a magic ring, increase and decrease to create shaping, working in the back loop, and adding pieces and safety eyes.  You will receive an the pattern, yarn, stuffing, safety eyes, and photo tutorial.

This workshop is for those who can already crochet but have not attempted amigurumi (you will be using ch, dc and slst). Bring your favourite 6mm or 7mm hook or use one of ours.

Price: 
£50.00

Powertex for Beginners Saturday 13th July

Saturday, 13 July 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Join Denise for a day of Powertex fun! Using fabric, Powertex and mixed media, plus wood and clay inclusions, you will make a brooch and a decorative canvas panel. All materials are provided, and you are welcome to bring your own items to include with your work.

This workshop is aimed at complete beginners, but you are welcome to join if you already know how to use Powertex.

Although Denise is not an accredited Powertex trainer, she enjoys using and exploring the possibilities of this versatile medium, incorporating different media to expand and extend its potential

Price: 
£70.00

Tambour Beadwork with Angela - Saturday 20th July

Saturday, 20 July 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm
Price: 
£65.00

Intermediate Zentangle with Caroline Sunday 28th July

Sunday, 28 July 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

For those of you who have been to one of Caroline’s previous classes, are now hooked and want more, she is back with more Zentangle®.

We will be taking your skills further by learning more tangles techniques in this mindful and relaxing art form.

Anything is possible; one stroke at a time!

Caroline is a certified Zentangle® tutor.

Price: 
£65.00

Zentangle Summer School with Caroline - Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 14th - 16th August

Wednesday, 14 August 2019 - 10:30am to Friday, 16 August 2019 - 4:00pm

If you have been smitten with the Zentangle® bug, you can indulge yourself at our Summer School. Caroline will be working with you on some very special projects and you have the choice to join her for one, two or three days.
Bookings are now being taken, and there will be more news of the projects you will be making soon.

Watch this space or sign up for our newsletter for the latest information!

Caroline is a certified Zentangle® tutor.

Price: 
£180.00

Learn to Love your Overlocker with Jan Wright Friday 20th September

Friday, 20 September 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

We're thrilled to welcome back Jan Wright from Babylock, this time showing you how to love your overlocker! Bring along your own overlocker (any make), or ask to borrow one of ours.

If you have bought a Babylock or Brother overlocker from Craft Arena, you are eligible for a £25 discount for this workshop. If you book online, this refund will be made when you come along to the workshop.

To book with the £25 discount, please contact us and confirm the date of your purchase.

Price: 
£50.00

Textures & Memories with Alysn Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th Nov - Deposit

Saturday, 16 November 2019 - 10:30am to 4:30pm
Sunday, 17 November 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

We are very excited to host a workshop by Alysn, one of Denise's favourite Textile Artists, while Alysn is in the UK on her 2019 workshop tour of the UK.

The workshop will run over two days and will include a design element based on your photographic memories, incorporating image transfer, texture using mixed media, felting, burning, stitch and beads.

We are asking for a £50 deposit to reserve your place as we anticipate the workshop will be fully subscribed. The total cost of the workshop will be £150 for two days including most materials although you may wish to include some of your own.

The requirements list can be downloaded by clicking the link below. Find out more about Alysn here

This workshop is now full. Please contact us to be placed on our waiting list

Price: 
£50.00

Workshops to fit in with you

Beading on Fabric

Learn basic beading techniques for incorporating beads into textile work. £60 per person

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£60

Crochet with Denise

Whether you are a complete beginner or wish to develop your skills, Denise will tailor this 2 hour workshop to suit your skills.
From starting to crochet making a granny square to working in rows or showing you how to work from a pattern, you will learn more about this popular craft.

£60 per person

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£60

Embroidery and Mixed Media

Learn to develop your own ideas (or let us help you form a project) for embroidery and textile work. We will discuss what you wish to achieve, resolving your design, transferring it from paper to fabric and discuss types of stitching, thread and other techniques to be used. If time allows, we will begin work on your design.

This is a one to one workshop.

£60 for a single 2 hour session, or you can save money by booking a course of six 2 hour sessions for £300, where we will explore different media and techniques to develop your textile art and ideas further.

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£60/£300

Free Machine Embroidery

Learn to create patterns on fabric by 'drawing' with your sewing machine. Once you have learnt this technique, you will be able to stitch your own designs on clothing and household items or use your new skill in textile art. For this session, you can bring in your own machine, or use one of ours. £60 per person

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£60

Fusing Fabric

With a special soldering iron-like tool, explore the possibilities of cutting and fusing synthetic fabric using heat.

A maximum of four students will be accepted on this workshop. £50 per person

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£50

Get To Know Your Sewing Machine

Is your sewing machine feeling neglected? Have you had your machine for ages and don't know how it works? Why not book a special one to one at Craft Arena to learn how to use it! You could soon be following the latest trends in fashion and updating your wardrobe, making gifts for friends, family and home or setting free your artistic talents by creating your own textile art. £30 per hour

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£30

Hardanger

Learn this traditional Norwegian embroidery which uses blocks of satin stitch, cut work and needle weaving. Suitable for beginners or those with some experience. This course covers three sessions. These are 3 hour workshops. Ask for details of our next course. £175 per person for all 3 sessions

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£175

Microwave Dyeing

Dyeing on silk fabric and threads using the microwave and two types of dye to create beautiful backgrounds for embroidery or textile work. We will be experimenting with cotton too. £65 per person

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£65

Mixed Media Tablet and Phone Wallet

Using painting, printing and bonding techniques and decorative stitches from your machine, we will make a wallet for your tablet and phone. All materials are included in this workshop, but don't forget to bring your tablet and phone with you so that we can made it the correct size! The wallet will fit up to a 10” tablet. £65 per person

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£65

Needlefelting

Using dry-felting techniques, find out how to combine threads fabric and fibres together to create textured backgrounds for either machine or hand stitching. We will cover the basics of needlefelting pictures and contemporary designs by hand and will also show how an embellishing machine can be used to speed up the process of creating backgrounds for further work. £60 per person.

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£60

Silk Paper

We will use silk with other fibres and mixed media to make wonderful textured surfaces which can be used for stitching, vessels and even jewellery. £60 per person

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£60

Wet Felting ~ Two Day workshop

In this two day workshop we will learn the basics of felting, making pre-felt in the first session which will be used on the second day to create other items.
£125 per person. Ask for details of our next course

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£125

Working with Dissolvable Fabric

Learn how to experiment with various makes of dissolvable fabrics to create textured backgrounds for further work and lace-like constructions to embellish and delight! Some experience of free machining is preferred but not essential.

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£60

Working with Mixed Media

In this workshop we will play with different types of mixed media including Angelina fibres, puff paint and Tyvek®

£60 per person

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£60